At one time Shelfstore had 4 stores in and around London controlled by a Swedish director who had bought the shelving system over to the UK to sell to British customers. Five years later the Swedish director wanted to release the ownership and return to Sweden – that’s how Tony Fitz Costa took over.
So in celebration of our Swedish root – we bring you 5 Swedish facts that you’re going to want to know about if you ever visit. Enjoy…
1. Take off your shoes
You’ll quickly notice that shoes are taken off when entering private residences in Sweden – many say it’s a sign of respect.
2. Timing means everything
Time should be respected at all times! Regardless of whether you’re going for an interview or meeting a friend. Meetings will start on time with or without you because Swedes value punctuality.
3. Patience is a virtue
You’ll be forced to exercise patience everywhere, especially as you wait to be served in a numbered queue. Many businesses have a ticketing system – where you’ll have to wait until your number shows up on the screen before you can proceed to the counter.
4. Coffee – Drink Plenty Of It
Very few people drink more coffee than the Swedes. In Sweden, coffee is fostered though a tradition where friends, family or colleagues meet for coffee as an opportunity to bond.
5. You Will See Fathers Pushing Prams
Sweden has the highest percentage of working mothers in the developed world, with no less than 76% of them. In Sweden, couples are entitled to a 480 days of paid parental leave which can be shared between parents.
As you can see – there are a few societal norms that are distinctly Swedish and ones you’ll want to remember. So if you ever take a trip there and are invited home by a Swede, you’d better be on time and take your shoes off!